Methods of Cannabis Consumption: Finding the Right One for You

Sep 07, 2020

Methods of Cannabis Consumption: Finding the Right One for You

The possibilities are now endless when it comes to cannabis consumption. Aside from many cannabis strains to choose from, there are now countless creative and convenient ways to consume cannabis, from vaporizers to edibles to topical treatments.

In this article, we list the best methods of cannabis consumption for every intention and experience you wish to achieve. Keep reading so that you can discover the right one for you.

 Method 1: Inhaling Cannabis

Inhalation is perhaps the oldest and most popular way to consume cannabis. It involves the combustion or vaporization of dried cannabis flowers

This particular cannabis consumption method is the fastest way to feel the effects of THC than any other on this list. With inhalation, the cannabinoids enter your bloodstream through your lungs within seconds before passing to your brain. It's recommended that you wait for at least 15 minutes after your first puff before taking another to gauge its potency and avoid becoming too overwhelmed.

Inhaling cannabis can be experienced using a wide array of devices. Here are some examples:

Hand Pipes

Hand pipes are the most common type of pipe used in smoking cannabis flowers. It's a compact and handheld device that features a bowl-shaped end where you put the ground cannabis flower and a short stem where you inhale the smoke. They come in various styles and are made from different types of materials.

Close up of a cannabis pipe

Water Pipes

Bongs and bubblers are the most well-known types of water pipes. This method of cannabis consumption promises a smoother inhalation experience as the water cools down the smoke and allegedly filters harmful particles.

Rolling Papers 

Basically, rolling papers mean smoking cannabis through joints, which are produced from either hemp, bamboo, or rice plant. It can also refer to cannabis consumption through blunts, which look like joints, but rolls cannabis using cigar paper with nicotine content made from tobacco plants. Due to the combination of flavours, those who smoke blunts may experience tones of tobacco and cannabis combined.

However, despite its efficiency, smoking cannabis in this method comes with the risk of damaging your lungs as a side effect. Like smoking cigarettes, it should not be done around children nor non-smoking individuals.


Vaping is one of the latest additions to inhaling cannabis. It's the perfect solution for health-conscious cannabis users who prefer the quick delivery of inhalation but are concerned about the potential adverse effects of smoking marijuana.

Vaporizers are electronic devices that heat the herb or concentrate to an optimum temperature (between 356 and 374 degrees Fahrenheit) that is high enough to extract cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, without releasing tar or carcinogenic substances as you would when you smoke. Because of this, vaping is deemed as a safer and much healthier alternative to smoking cannabis. 

Vaporizers, vape pens, and dabbing using a dab rig are just a few vaping techniques worth checking out if you're interested in this method of cannabis consumption. Vaping is more discreet because it's smoke-free and comes with minimal odour. When it comes to delivery speed, vaping doesn't fall too far behind with an onset of a few seconds after the first inhalation. Some find the effects of vapes weaker, but it may be something subjective depending on one's sensitivity, mileage, and the type of product used.

Method 2: Ingesting Cannabis 

Ingestion includes oral and sublingual cannabis consumption through tinctures, ingestible oils, and edibles. It's an excellent option for people who are using medical marijuana to treat or manage symptoms of a health condition who want to take in cannabis discreetly.

Here are some examples:


For first-timers who may not be interested in smoking or who are intimidated with other ways of cannabis consumption, eating or drinking cannabis-infused goodies is the best way to go. You'll be surprised at the variety of cannabis edible offerings you can find, from baked goods to chocolates to confectionaries.

Because the active compounds in edibles are absorbed through the digestive system, edibles may have a delayed onset from anywhere between 15 minutes to a couple of hours. The effects can also vary depending on a person's metabolism and whether it was consumed on an empty stomach, accelerating the whole process. For that reason, if this is your first time exploring edibles, be sure to consume the product in moderation and wait for at least an hour before taking another bite to see the full extent of its effects. Start low and go slow!


Cannabis-based tinctures are liquid extracts made by steeping dried cannabis in alcohol. They are administered sublingually or through a few drops under the tongue, where it's rapidly and directly absorbed into the bloodstream. The effects of tinctures can be felt within 20 to 30 minutes.

Ingestible Oils 

Ingestible cannabis oils are freshly extracted from the cannabis plant's flowers, which can contain over a hundred active cannabinoids other than THC and CBD. These oils are more potent than dried flowers since they are more concentrated. Hence, users opting for this as their chosen cannabis consumption method enjoy recreational and medicinal properties more intensely. 

Cannabis oils can be taken orally, sublingually, or used to infuse food and beverages. You can get high from ingestible cannabis oil within 30 minutes to three hours, with the effects lasting between six to eight hours, depending on your metabolism.

Drops of cannabis oil added into a cup of coffee

Method 3: Cannabis Topicals 

Topical cannabis products are focused on the therapeutic effects of cannabis and usually have a higher CBD content. Unlike other cannabis consumption methods, topicals do not have psychoactive effects. It's almost impossible to get high using them.

Cannabis-enriched lotions, balms, face serum, salves, and transdermal creams and patches have been widely used in Ayurvedic and other traditional healing practices. They are used for alleviating a variety of health concerns including localized pain, inflammation, and skin issues. Many people have found success using topical cannabis in addressing their arthritis, migraines, and other related conditions as well.

Which Method of Cannabis Consumption Interests You? 

Regardless of your chosen way of consuming cannabis, Smokey's has got your back. We have an extensive selection of premium cannabis products suitable for both medical and recreational marijuana use. For more information, shoot us a message, and we'll get back to you shortly to help you find the right cannabis product for your needs.

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